10 Reasons To Hope - Anchored In Him

1. God is truly in control. 

If God is God, then nothing happens apart from His knowledge and permission. While it is difficult to imagine why God allows some painful things to happen, His character, revealed in the Bible and through the testing of generations, leads us to the conclusion that He is willing and able to sustain us during the worst of times. "We were crushed and completely overwhelmed, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we learned not to rely on ourselves, but on God who can raise the dead."  
2 Corinthians 1:8,9 

2. There is an eternal life to come. 

"Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the Glory He will give us later."
Romans 8:1
"He will keep you strong right up to the end, and He will keep you free from all blame on the great day when our Lord Jesus Christ returns." 
1 Corinthians 1:8 

3. The story isn't finished yet. 

Time after time, the Bible records hopeless situations that ultimately ended in victory. Think of Job's sickness, Joseph's betrayal by his brothers, David's adultery and the many who were healed in mind, body and spirit. "But Joseph told them, 'And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.'"
Genesis 50:19,20 

4. God has not given up on you! Don't give up on him. 

"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you," saith the Lord. "thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end." 
Jeremiah 29:11 

5. There is likely purpose in your pain. 

Ask God to reveal His purpose in allowing this difficulty in your life. That's a legitimate question to ask. Often, the answer comes in the process of dealing with your circumstance. " My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing ."  
James 1:2-4 

6. You are loved! 

Even the most unlovable person in the world is actually loved so much by God, that He let His Son die a terrible death to restore their relationship. God does love you! He sees your pain and weeps with you. "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified." 
Isaiah 61:1-3 

7. Your prayers are heard. 

"Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?" Of course not! "If you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask Him?" 
Matthew 7:9,10 

8. You are not facing this alone.

For God has said, "Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." That is why we can say with confidence, "So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me?"
Hebrews 13:5,6 

9. Others have made it through - you can too. 

Try to connect with others who have gone through similar situations. You will find hope, strength and encouragement. "And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken."
Ecclesiastes 4:12 

10. Reach out to someone else who's struggling. 

Place your focus on someone else and invest your life in him or her. You may discover your peace of mind is found in being a source of hope for another.
"Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. "
2 Corinthians 1:3,4 

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